Michael the Archangel, which follows the date of this indenture, if Nicholas and Godfrey shall be reasonably paid at the dates given below: For working and executing the commissions in the manner abovesaid our lord the king wishes that Nicholas and Godfrey, or their appointed attorneys, shall be paid £400, in the following manner, that is to say, in cash down, on the completion of this indenture, £100, and at the feast of Easter next following 100 marks, and at the feast of St Michael next following £100, and at the feast of Easter after that, 100 marks, in full payment of the said sum. [sic] And moreover for greater surety of the true and loyal performance of the said work in the manner specified above, Nikolas Whytlok, lorimer, Philip Jolyf, chandler, William Ketyll, Hugh Leycestre, Thomas Cok, and Thomas Lovecok, spurriers, citizens of the said city, become pledges and mainpernours, and take on the obligation along with the said Nicholas Broker and Godfrey, and each one for the other entirely, and their heirs and executors. In witness whereof the privy seal of our lord the king is applied to the part of this indenture which remains in the hands of the said Nicholas Broker and Godfrey and the said Nicholas Broker and Godfrey and their pledges have affixed their seals to the other part. Given on the 24th day of April, the eighteenth year of the reign of our lord the king. [For details of the making of the tomb of Queen Philippa in 1376-7, see W.H.St John Hope, “The Early Working of Alabaster in England”, Archaeological Journal, 61 (1904), 223-4, printing extracts from the Exchequer Issue Rolls for 50 Edward III.]
683. The preparations for the king’s hunting, c. 1410
(The Master of Game, by Edward, 2nd Duke of York, ed. Wm. A. and F.Baillie-Grohman (Chatto, 1909), 188
[English]) Dedicated to Henry Prince of Wales, later Henry V, the book was mainly a translation from French of a work by a famous hunter and nobleman, Gaston, count of Foix; but the duke, himself an expert hunter, added chapters on hunting the hare and the hart. These chapters show the importance and ceremony attached to hunting in this period. The Master of the Game should be in accordance with the master forester or parker where it should be that the king should hunt such a day, and if the tract be wide, the aforesaid forester or parker should warn the sheriff of the shire where the hunting shall be, for to order sufficient stable,1 and carts, also to bring the deer that should be slain to the place where the curees at huntings have been usually held. And thence he should warn the hunters and fewterers2 whither they should come, and the forester should have men ready 1 Men and hounds stationed at different places, usually on the boundaries of the district in which the game was to be roused and hunted, or at convenient passes from whence the hounds could be slipped at the game. 2 Men who led the greyhounds. 3 Teasers, a small hound to tease forth or put up the game. 4 Call back the hounds by sound of horn. 5 A difficult sentence to unravel. In the Shirley MS. it runs “and yif hit have eseyne nought to ye stagge, but yif he were avaunced”.